Upon reaching the end of the Leeds Creative Labs, the feeling which echoed around the room from all the groups was that, we were only just getting started. It has felt like a short journey but one of great exploration.
Listening to all of the fascinating presentations from around the table revealed the different approaches to the academic / technologist collaboration. A fundamental difference between the groups was the notion of product. For myself and Vlad, our collaboration was the core of what we researched and reflected on. The concept and design of the projected image which was the result of our conversations, we saw almost as a byproduct.
For myself this process of reflection, which we often spoke through on our meetings, has been a realisation. What I saw as boundaries to a collaboration, having a limit set by practice and methodology, in actual fact exist within the collaborator and the perceived physical limitations of the subject.
The ‘byproducts’ of our collaboration are as follows: We developed a narrative of images to be projected in sequence relating to our conversations on the nature of data in space. The first being a single image of a target:
The combined images which we are considering for a gallery piece is below:
The next step is to seek further funding for the collaboration to investigate the moving image, commercial application and the placement of the work within a gallery context.
Vlad Strukov, a researcher from the University of Leeds, and Dave Lynch, a digital artist, are exploring the nature of data by using projections on clouds.
Whilst we circulate the collected combined 4 symbol image, I thought I would do a little more research on targets in relation to our earlier conversations about the idea of sending a signal, I thought to look at analogue devices which in the past have achieved the opposite of capturing the sky with targets.
Étienne-Jules Marey, French scientist, inventor and pioneer of early cinema invented the photographic gun for the study of movement by capturing birds onto film.
I presume that this was the inspiration for the training camera guns of the first and second world wars, where 16mm film replaced ammunition.
Following this research online lead me to the philosopher Paul Virillo who wrote War and Cinema.
Technology cannot exist without the potential for accidents. For example, the invention of the locomotive also contained the invention of derailment. Virilio sees the Accident as a rather negative growth of social positivism and scientific progress. The growth of technology, namely television, separates us directly from the events of real space and real time. We lose wisdom, lose sight of our immediate horizon and resort to the indirect horizon of our dissimulated environment.
REF: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Virilio – on 4/11/2012
On other readings and reviews of his books, I became interested in how he sees the dissimulated environment or mis-information as being one of the greatest threats to scientific growth.
The collaboration between Vlad Strukov, researcher from the University of Leeds, and Dave Lynch, Leeds-based artist, looks at the application and interpretation of images projected onto clouds. The project concerns itself with the nature of data and the human ability to interpret, own and share data.
Particularly, the project looks at the emotive as well as political potential of data in its ability to mobilise, create and translate meaning.
3rd November 2012 – To date, we’ve had 3 very productive meetings and a host of email conversations, in our last meeting we discussed a variety of reasons why the collaboration has been so successful, yet so far neither of us had specifically begun to blog about the process… Why?
As an artist/ filmmaker, the recording of audio and image is a natural part of my process and artistic practice. Whilst I recorded each of our conversations and documented key moments through photographs the only use so far of the collected data has been to revisit a conversation for the benefit of Vlad’s writing, the time to translate the depth and coverage of our dialogue as either a reflective blog post or simply documentation was such a vast process, it would both take us away from critical thinking and development time, yet we both see it as a fundamental part of the process.
After a discussion of different approaches, Vlad suggested making the blog a continuation of our conversation on an open, online environment, instead of email. I see this as a great step forward for our collaboration and an interesting point of departure for reflection at the end of the process.
The subsequent posts are living conversations, where the comments will form part of the process as we share our findings with our peers. We aim for this to be part of our research in how academic/ artistic collaborations can function.